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The best way to prevent more diseases from jumping from animals to humans is to stop deforestation and wildlife trading

Many of the world’s deadliest diseases – including the novel coronavirus – came from animals. Experts in animal-to-human disease transmission say increased deforestation and wildlife trading are causing more and more of these zoonotic spillover events. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Two new diseases have jumped from animals […]
The best way to prevent more diseases from jumping from animals to humans is to stop deforestation and wildlife trading
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The Amazon is losing about 3 football fields’ worth of rainforest per minute

Wildfires have been blazing through the Amazon over the last few weeks, causing a loss equivalent to three football fields per minute, according to data from Brazilian satellites. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) reported an 80% increase in wildfires, with a total of 72,843 incidents this year. Losing […]
The Amazon is losing about 3 football fields’ worth of rainforest per minute
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Fires in the Amazon could be part of a doomsday scenario that sees the rainforest spewing carbon into the atmosphere and speeding up climate change even more

The Amazon rainforest provides 20% of the world’s oxygen, but its destruction could cause it to not only stop helping the planet, but start releasing carbon and worsening climate change. In a “dieback” scenario, rising temperatures could dry trees, meaning they absorb less carbon and become more flammable, eventually turning […]
Fires in the Amazon could be part of a doomsday scenario that sees the rainforest spewing carbon into the atmosphere and speeding up climate change even more
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The ‘lungs of the planet’ are burning at a record rate. If too much of the Amazon disappears, that ‘dieback’ could turn the land into a savanna.

The Amazon rainforest is burning at an unprecedented rate: More than 74,000 fires have sparked so far this year, compared to 40,000 total fires in 2018. The Amazon has also seen record-breaking levels of deforestation. About three football fields’ worth of rainforest per minute are being lost, primarily to infrastructure […]
The ‘lungs of the planet’ are burning at a record rate. If too much of the Amazon disappears, that ‘dieback’ could turn the land into a savanna.
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13 photos that show how humans have changed the world’s forests

Illegal logging and mining in the Amazon rain forest cause drastic levels of deforestation. Disappearing forests push endangered wildlife into populated areas. Deliberately burning forests to develop the land can cause heavy air pollution. Visit Insider’s home page for more stories. Every year, 18.7 million acres of forest disappear, according […]
13 photos that show how humans have changed the world’s forests